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Princeton’s Founding Trustees
A firm majority of Princeton's founding trustees (sixteen out of twenty-three) bought, sold, traded, or inherited slaves during their lifetimes.
Princeton’s Influence on Southern Higher Education
Princeton-educated ministers and teachers established schools across Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Presbyterians and Slavery
A truly national denomination from the 18th century to the Civil War, American Presbyterianism encompassed a wide range of viewpoints on slavery. Prominent leaders in the church were slaveholders, moderate antislavery advocates, and abolitionists.
Albert Baldwin Dod (1805-1845) was a Princeton professor and a slaveholder at the time of the 1840 census.
Princeton Theological Seminary and Slavery
Princeton Theological Seminary’s 19th century faculty and students encountered enslaved people as a familiar part of life. Though early leaders of the seminary owned slaves and largely failed to condemn the institution of slavery, some notable alumni—including the first African American man to graduate from a theological seminary in the United States—became prominent antislavery activists.
Charles Grandison Finney
Portrait of Charles Finney (1792-1875), an influential "New School" Presbyterian minister.
Cortlandt Van Rensselaer
Drawing of Cortlandt Van Rensselaer (1808-1860), a Presbyterian clergyman and member of the Princeton Theological Seminary's Board of Directors.
Gravesite of Francis Makemie
Illustration of the statue erected at Presbyterian minister Francis Makemie's gravesite in Accomack County, Virginia.
Charles Colcock Jones Sr.
A portrait of Charles Colcock Jones Sr., Presbyterian minister educated at Princeton Theological Seminary in the 1830s.
Lewis C. Gunn
A portrait of seminary student and abolitionist Lewis C. Gunn with his young son.